Cigarette smoke can be a frustrating odor whether you are a smoker or not. Cigarette smoke is more than just an odor, it’s a combination of chemicals that can travel through the air long after you can no longer see the smoke cloud. This article has a list of many of the chemicals that make up cigarette smoke: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/215420.php. The smoke from a cigarette will render all of these chemicals airborne, and the warmth of the smoke will usually cause them to rise and circulate. Even if you smoke near an open door or window, or even outside but near a door or window, these chemicals can enter your home or office. Many of the chemicals in cigarette smoke are solvents, or chemicals used to dissolve or permeate other compounds. The solvents in cigarette smoke work to allow the tar that is also present, and the reason for the odor we smell, to permeate the surfaces in your home including fabrics and upholstery, painted walls, carpeting, and even wood and other hard surfaces.
If you or someone you or someone you live with still smokes in your home there is a home remedy that may help slow the absorption of the smell into your home. Putting out small bowls of ammonia or vinegar in each room is an old trick that can help absorb the smell and smoke before it get absorbed by the your home and furniture. You have to refresh the bowls daily and they may also add an unpleasant aroma to your home.
If you’ve recently moved into a new home or apartment, or purchased furniture or a car that was used by a heavy smoker, there are ways to remove the cigarette smoke smell. It often is a long process that may take up to a few weeks and multiple cleanings. The easiest place to start is by getting rid of anything that may have absorbed the chemicals and tar in cigarette smoke. For example consider replacing drapes, pillows, rugs, cloths or old furniture if possible. If the items cannot be replaced, launder or dry clean them. If you can, put them in the dryer and use a dryer sheet to help remove the odor. Carpets can hold a significant amount of cigarette smoke which will allow them to continue to smell until they are cleaned. Here, a simple vacuuming will not remove the smoke, they must be steam cleaned or professionally cleaned. Contact ServiceMaster of Charleston at 843-760-0404 for more information about having your carpets professionally cleaned.
Next, clean the hard surfaces in your home that will have absorbed the smoke smell. This includes hard floors, wooden furniture and all painted walls and ceilings. You can clean these surfaces with a mixture of water and bleach or water vinegar. Remember you may have to clean these surfaces multiple times to complete remove the cigarette smoke. You can also sprinkle deodorizing powders on hard or upholstered or carpeted surfaces to aid in the removal of the smell. Try to use a product like Odoban or baking soda.
If the cigarette smoke is very strong you may even need to repaint surfaces. The chemicals in smoke will absorb into the paint and slowly be released overtime and be especially strong on hot days. Simple cleaning may not go deep enough to remove all the chemicals from the paint. In this case consider using a sealing primer over your existing painted surfaces to lock in the chemicals not allowing them to escape. This sealing primer will keep the cigarette smell from coming back.
The last thing you can do to remove the smell of cigarette smoke in your home is to improve your air quality through the use of air purifiers and deodorizers. Using a home air purifier will draw the chemicals in cigarette smoke out of the air leaving your home smelling clean and fresh. You may even choose to hire professional air quality and odor control. ServiceMaster of Charleston offers a full range of odor control services that include air scrubbers, thermal fogging, ozone treatment and an exclusive deodorization process that can remove even the most pungent cigarette smells from your home. Contact ServiceMaster of Charleston today at 843-760-0404 or online here: -Odor Control Services
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